As summer turns to fall, it’s the perfect time for exploring the great outdoors. The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors, and it just feels right to spend it in nature. Of course, for me nothing goes better with a hike than a visit to a winery to taste nature’s bounty. Iowa is quickly developing its own Napa Valley, and I was surprised to find out that one of the best wineries in Iowa is actually located on the outskirts of Dubuque! Barrelhead Winery is a small craft winery with a tasting room, and it’s also near an underrated county park. Swiss Valley Park in nearby Peosta is home to a charming nature center as well as what might be the best Iowa hike near a winery – the Swiss Valley Nature Preserve Loop, a 2.1-mile loop trail with amazing views. It all comes together into one of the best day trips possible in eastern Iowa.

Have you visited Barrelhead Winery and taken this underrated Iowa hike near a winery? Tell us all about your trip in the comments section. You can find out more on the Barrelhead Winery Facebook page, and check out the Swiss Valley Nature Preserve Loop page on AllTrails for more information on the hike. If you’re an avid hiker, you’ll definitely want to subscribe to AllTrails Plus and gain full access to the site’s collection of maps, suggestions, and other helpful features.

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